Coupon Tip Tuesday: A little Q&A


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Q1. I like the idea of organizing coupons with the baseball cards slots in a binder, but how I’m not sure how to break them down into subjects.

A. Check out my how I organize my binder. Later you can also find it under Learn to be a FruGAL > Oraganization, also in the Coupon Tip Tuesday series.


Q2. Can you use a coupon on an already “in store sale” item?

A. YES, that is the best strategy!

Q3. When it says do not double or triple this coupon what does it mean?

A. Some stores will have special days when they will give you twice or triple the value of your coupons. They will not be allowed to double or triple the ones that say do not double.

Q4. Where can you send your unused expired coupons?

A. Overseas Coupon Program (next time find this in the nav bar under printable coupons > Coupon Expired? Donate it!)

Q5. I found coupons in the Sunday paper ads last week. Some were also the same coupons on Red Plum and from your site. Can I print and use them as well as the ads from the paper?

A. Yes you can use as many coupons as you have items. You could not combine an internet coupon with a newspaper coupon on the same item.

Q7. When should I do more than one transaction?

A. Multiple transactions are needed when you are shopping at Albertsons and using their twice the value coupons.You can only use a set of three double/twice the value coupons per transaction.

Also if you are doing a deal where they say spend $30 get $15 back you will want to get promotional items in groups to add up to $30 or a little more. Then do the same thing in a separate transaction if you need more. Remember only add up items from the promotion when getting to your $30.

Q8. How many transactions do you do from one cart before you feel you need to go back and start over?

A. I limit myself to 3 transactions in a row, then go out to my car unload and come back in if I have time, or just come back another day if I am not done shopping. Learn more info on multiple transactions. Also you will want to limit your number of transactions if the store is busy.Learn some info on when to shop.

Q9. The coupons printed in color. Can you change them to black and white or do they need to be in color? That is so expensive to print them all in color I was just wondering if there is a rule on that.

A. You can print them in black and white. They don’t need to be in color, just change your printer settings. You can even print on scratch paper. Learn more about printing coupons.

Q10. One of your tips is to print the coupons at the beginning of the month. Are there new coupons every week or just ones I haven’t printed from the first of the month that are still available to me?

A. New coupons come at the beginning of the month and sometimes part way through as well. Most coupons will remain available all month, but the good ones often go fast.

Lastly, don’t miss this info on coupon shopping etiquette.


  • Kira G

    At our Albertsons in Lake Stevens we are only allowed two transactions per person on doubles days, I think it just makes it easier on other people in line. If I had a bunch I wanted to double I would either go to the car and put away then go back, or do another trip later (this is usually the case since 6yo and 9mo old are done after first trip through register). I am also now considering buying an inexpensive laser printer, my mom found referb ones, since I am spending a TON on ink for my 3 in one printer now that I am printing more coupons. I send over seas and I wanted to let readers know that it is really easy even though it seems kinda complicated at first. This month my friend and I are sending over $4,000 in expired and current coupons over seas, I clip everything and just include the ones I don’t want, and it feels good to know it is helping some families of the enlisted!
    Thank you for your gems of advice too!

    • Cathy

      That’s awesome Kira!

      And thanks for sharing your personal tips! I have a b/w laser printer and LOVE it! I have to get a new toner about twice a year… $60 a pop. Saves a ton of money!

  • malinda

    Hi, Im new to couponing and I have a couple questions. when there is a ten for ten dollar sale and have couponis that say 1.00 off/5 can I use two of those 1.00/5 coupons making it 2$/10? Also, If the store has a sale for 2/6$ and I have two coupons 3$/1 can I use both manufactuer coupons to make it free?

  • Abby

    I’m wanting to get into freezer meals but don’t have a big family. How long will freezer meals keep in the freezer?

    • Cathy of Fabulessly Frugal

      Hi Abby… depending on your freezer and the quality of your materials used for freezing, you can plan on 3-6 months.

  • Caty B.

    Hi Ladies,

    I’m having trouble finding the info on the Overseas Program after trying to find it myself. I’m sure I completely missed it 🙁 Any help would be greatly appreciated 🙂

    Thank you!

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